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My Life in Photos, March

This month was full of renovations at The Fortress and working on book number two. Not only is this a fun walk through the month's memory lane for me, but it's interesting insight into photography for you. This month was full of renovations at The Fortress and working on book number two. Not only is this a fun walk through the month's memory lane for me, but it's interesting insight into photography for you.

As you know, photography is a huge part of my life professionally.

I love teaching workshops about how to style and shoot images.

You can find some of my favorite images popping up a few times a day on my Instagram.

Did you know I have two accounts? You can follow me here and my workshops here.

In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a glimpse into my life through my photos.

This month is full of renovations at The Fortress and working on book number 2. I hope you log on an follow along as I am a massive over-sharer. LOL

xx Annette

This month was full of renovations at The Fortress and working on book number two. Not only is this a fun walk through the month's memory lane for me, but it's interesting insight into photography for you.

In my element. I’m so grateful for the harvest in my kitchen garden.

This month was full of renovations at The Fortress and working on book number two. Not only is this a fun walk through the month's memory lane for me, but it's interesting insight into photography for you.

Our tub arrived from Marrakech and is the talk of the village!

This month was full of renovations at The Fortress and working on book number two. Not only is this a fun walk through the month's memory lane for me, but it's interesting insight into photography for you.

Antique pavers being laid in the kitchen at the Fortress.

This month was full of renovations at The Fortress and working on book number two. Not only is this a fun walk through the month's memory lane for me, but it's interesting insight into photography for you.

An extra large charcuterie platter and some cocktails with friends one weekend.

This month was full of renovations at The Fortress and working on book number two. Not only is this a fun walk through the month's memory lane for me, but it's interesting insight into photography for you.

Most March days were spent writing about drinks all day long. Cheers to book 2!

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10 things I love about Italy…

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Many people ask me why I love Italy so much. The truth is if I ask myself this question, there’s no one answer, really.

So here’s a list of 10 things I love about Italy. Some of these may surprise you, and of course, some are very obvious.

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1. Espresso with a brioche, from the right bar is the best way to start the day. Lucky for me in our little village, 3 sisters own the best bar in town complete with homemade pastries. The crowds throwing down espresso and scarfing down pastries in the early morning at the bar gives me such joy. It’s like watching some strange and other worldly ritual.

2. Small cars. I love the idea that my Fiat 500 is not considered a tiny car in Italy.

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3. Pop-up markets. All over Italy, markets in the square are a common thing featuring everything from winter coats and antiques to porchetta sandwiches.

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4. Nonni (grandmas and grandpas) sitting in the square. One thing about Italy is that they love their elders.

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5. Church candles, always lit inside. I love stepping into a church anytime of day.

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6.Everything opens early. I love that everything is open in the morning and the bustle of daily chores.

7. The Butcher. One thing I miss when I am back in Atlanta is a proper butcher shop.

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8. The train. The train to anywhere in Italy is exciting. I love the discussions and the polite behavior in a first class cabin. So old world.

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9. Toast at the Autogrill, my guilty pleasure. Whenever I can, I have a grilled sandwich at the Autogrill.

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10. Aperitivo, the cocktail ritual that is the best time of the day. It’s so fun. In fact, my next book is based on the subject.

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xx, Annette

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The Perfect Appetizer!

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These lovely little two-bite morsels are savory and salty with a crunch—perfect to serve with a chilled citrus-y glass of Prosecco during the holiday season or even a sparkling Rose in the summertime.

It’s one of my favorite quick appetizers that uses one of my favorite ingredients: Parmesan cheese.

Caprese Salad Crisps with Tomato Jam
Makes about 32

For the Tomato Jam:
You will need:
– 3  tablespoons olive oil
– 1 garlic clove, chopped
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 4 large heirloom tomatoes, coarsely chopped
– 3 tablespoons sugar
– 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

To prepare:
Place ingredients into a medium pot over medium heat for 15 minutes, set aside to cool. This step may be done a couple days in advance, and placed in the refrigerator in a sealed container until ready to use.

For the Parmesan Crisps:
You will need:
– 8 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated (about 4 cups)
– Place 2 tablespoons of Parmesan on a cookie sheet fitted with a silpat.
– Arrange the spoonfuls about 3 inches apart as they will spread to form round crisps.

To prepare:
Place in a 350 F degree oven for 3-5 minutes until golden brown. Remove and allow to cool before assembling the appetizer.

To assemble:
– 1 (8-ounce) ball fresh mozzarella, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
– 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves

Place a dollop of  jam on top of the crisp, and add cubes of mozzarella and garnish with a basil leaf.

From my book Picture Perfect Parties RIzzoli NY

 

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Holiday Sangria from Picture Perfect Parties

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When I think of the holidays, I have to say this amazing holiday sangria comes to mind. It’s not only delicious and easy to make, but it will become a tradition and a classic in your own holiday cocktail arsenal. Plus it’s easy to serve. All you’ll need is a pitcher and some coupes, and you’re ready to party.

This cocktail, along with many others, is available in my book Picture Perfect Parties Rizzoli NY grab a copy here.

Limoncello Sangria
Serves 8

You will need:

– 2 cups of Limoncello
– 1 pint of sliced strawberries hulled and sliced
– 1 small blood orange thinly sliced and quartered
– 1 cup seedless white grapes, halved
– 8 cups Sauvignon Blanc
– 3.5 cups club soda

To prepare:

In a pitcher, macerate the fruit in the limoncello overnight in the refrigerator.

Pour the wine and club soda into the fruit-filled pitcher and serve in champagne coupes.

Happy holidays, and cheers to a happy & healthy 2017!

Photo Credit: Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

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Cue the #happydance Happy Anniversary to my BLOG

I just realized I have been blogging for 8 years!

What?!

8 years ago I was saying, “What is this thing called blogging?”

A few blogs had piqued my interest at that time. Of course, Design*Sponge was one of them since it was the first ever blog I read. Over the years, my blog has changed and morphed, but it has always stayed true to the things I hold dear: food, style, and great travel adventures.

Throughout these eight years, I have overcome many business trials, reinvented myself, and written a book that I am proud of and was well-received. I have said hello and goodbye to a few assistants, seen some my clients flourish, and seen a few fail. All in all, it’s been a wonderful way to share and express where I am at the moment, and what I love about life year to year.

I hope you have enjoyed the ride as much as I have, and I hope you continue to read about my life, my loves, and my stylish endeavors.

I love hearing from you, and I love sharing my ever-evolving creative journey with you along the way.

Happy 8th Anniversary to my little blog, the thing that keeps me connected to this curious world.

Now let’s do the happy dance …

xx

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